Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

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City Island Birds
Since 2007

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Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.

Photos and Results of Our Past Walks
2007- 2010

Winter Bird Walk- January 9
First Spring Walk- April 17
Easter Walk- April 24
Split Rock-Mother’s Day Walk- May 7 
Turtle Cove “Watch”- June 26
Raptor and Waterfowl Walk- Nov. 27
Owl Walk- March 24
Owlet Walk April 15, 2012
Spring “Migration Madness” Walk- May 6
Clapper Rail Walk- May 27   
Fall Migration Walk- Sept. 23, 2012
Migration Walk- October 14, 2012
Last Minute Barred Owl Walk- Dec. 9, 2012
Bronx Brooklyn Walk- January 12
Spring Migration Walk- May 5
Three Club Walk-  August 24
Fall Migration Walk 2013
Owlet Walk- April 13, 2014
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Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman


Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)

New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)


City Island?http://forgotten-ny.com/2000/05/city-island/
Pelham Bay Park Maphttp://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/vt_pelham_bay_park/images/Pelham%20map-rev2005.pdf
City Island Communityhttp://www.cityisland.com
Directions Herehttp://www.cityisland.com/directions.html
City Island Birding ClubCIB_Club.html
The Kazimiroff Nature Trail of Hunter Island
You may have noticed the new signs posted along the paths on Hunter island. The numbers correlate to different features of the “Island.” If you link below, you can find out what each sign post means. Dr. Kazimiroff was a noted Bronx naturalist. The trail marked in his honor winds through the largest and most natural of all of NYC parks. This area was once hunting and fishing grounds and the site of huge mansions. To find out more, print and bring the guide with you on your next walk. Kazimiroff Trail.pdf


There were two Willow Flycatchers in the tree near the bridge at Turtle Cove. I’ve seen them at that location three times, so if you would like to find this bird, there’s a good chance they’re there.

We should definitely have some Lesser Yellowlegs here too.

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

I think it was early September 2013 when I saw this Yellow-billed Cuckoo, as I walked from Rodman’s Neck. I’m sure this species is more common here but with so few birders around it rarely gets reported.

I know there are Clapper Rails out at the bridge by Turtle Cove. I’ve seen them there for the past few years. This year I was gone for most of the summer and haven’t searched in earnest. Now that I’m back, I will get down there early and be really patient.

There are definitely American Goldfinch around. Sometimes they land on the single snag on the edge of Turtle Cove that’s closest to the beach, near the roadway.

This is a White Stork nest. The photo was taken with a small point and shoot camera in Croatia this summer, as I traveled through Eastern Europe. These nests are seen in many Eastern European countries and most residents consider storks a good omen. They are protected by law and platforms are often built for them.

Ok, it’s not a bird but a beautiful Eastern tailed Blue, I believe. It was photographed on the wood chip trail near the driving range last year.

An Eastern Kingbird on a snag out on the marsh. There are at least two pair that seem to hunt the marsh daily.

All photos and text by Jack Rothman
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Copyright 2014

Updated 8/8/14

Summer Birding

Now that it’s August, we can anticipate shore birds very soon and the beginning of migration in general. Some warblers have already been seen in Central Park. Turtle Cove and PBPK in general have been relatively quiet. Lots of Snowy and Great Egrets are there now. Kingbirds, Flycatchers and sparrows are also around. I’m waiting for some shorebirds to show and perhaps we can have a walk. The path is overgrown but the Parks Department has promised to cut it back any day now.

On August 23, there will be a Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay. I’ve gone several times and this is always fun and a way to relearn those confusing shorebirds. If you decide to go, sign up ASAP as it fills fast. Here’s the link.